As one surveys the scholarship on the canonical letter to the Philippians, one notices the lack of attention to women within many scholars' analyses. To a certain extent, this lack of attention exists because ancient texts often leave out information about women. Using ritual studies, archaeology, and textual evidence, this work brings life to the ritual lives of ancient Philippian women in their own cultural context. The discipline of ritual studies provides new questions that shed more specific light on the lives of women in this fledgling Jesus group. Therefore, ritual studies brings clarity to early Philippian women's reception of the letter. Furthermore, this ritual background helps modern readers visualize a more diverse community of Jesus followers in Philippi and provides a clearer picture of the struggles this nascent Jesus community was experiencing.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"An important contribution to feminist scholarship, this work offers ritual studies as a way of finding the women of Philippi who have been hidden away by androcentric texts and writers. There is a model here that ought to be replicated in other locations." --Zeba Crook, Associate Professor, Carleton University
"Historical Jesus scholars have been using the archaeological record for some time to re-create the world Jesus lived in, but not so scholars of the Apostle Paul. Jason Lamoreaux is one of a rare breed that uses the material record of Philippi to shed light on the recipients of Paul's letter. Added to that is the explicit and judicious deployment of theory--in this case ritual theory--to make sense of both the material and literary data. The result? Rich insights into several keys passages in Philippians and new light on female Christ followers in Philippi. This is the way Pauline scholarship should be done." --Richard E. DeMaris, Professor, Valparaiso University
Jason T. Lamoreaux
Jason T. Lamoreaux is adjunct instructor at Texas Christian University. He is coeditor of Finding a Woman's Place: Essays in Honor of Carolyn Osiek (Pickwick Publications, 2011). He is also a member of the Context Group, a working group of international scholars committed to using the social sciences in biblical interpretation.